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Alejandro Jodorowsky-El Topo-71 Cult surreal spaghetti western psych trip-NEWDVD

El Topo Alejandro Jodorowsky

NEW   DVD

Cult 

Original Spanish Version with removable  Italian subtitles

IN SPANISH WITH ITALIAN SUBTITLES

1971

120 MINUTES

TRAILER

An able gunslinger, nicknamed “El Topo” (The Mole) leaves his son Miguel in a Franciscan Mission and, for the love of a woman, accepts a duel against four invincible masters. He conquers all of them one by one. However, the woman betrays him with a bullet to his chest. The gunman later wakes up to find himself in the deep mountains where he was dragged to safety by a community of deformed people. This is the beginning of a new existence for the man, taking on the role of protector for these people and promising to bring them into the light. A dwarf girl helps him bring her people out from the dark caves underground and later becomes a juggler in the small town below. The townspeople, however, are a jolly and lazy people who hide their hardships under a veil of honour. They are fanatically religious, racist and with an undercurrent of aberrant sexuality. At the end of the tunnel, the deformed people can finally escape from the web of darkness and make their way to the foot of the mountain and into the village below. But the townspeople are armed and ready to destroy them.

  • Language: Italian (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: Italian
  • Region: Region 2

Studio: Raro Video


  • Exclusive interview with director Alejandro Jodorowsky
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • 2006 on-camera interview with Jodorowsky
El Topo's surrealism is more slapstick than Jodorwosky's brilliant follow-up, Holy Mountain, making it more akin to a spaghetti western than a psychedelic journey through the subconscious. The director stars as the gunfighter, El Topo (The Mole), who first gives his 7-year old son (played by real life son, Brontis Jodorowsky) a glimpse of manhood in the form of weaponry, then abandons him for a horseback revenge trip focused on a heartless team of raping, pillaging bandits. Along the way, he meets Mara (Mara Lorenzio), whose tough love encourages him to become a monk. On El Topo's new quest, he encounters spiritual leaders and endures a series of personal realizations about his past violence. Absurd moments, such as when the viewer first encounters the bandits sniffing and drooling over high-heeled women's shoes out in the desert, make El Topo satirically wry. Brutal scenes in which rivers of blood run through towns, or people slaughter each other in firing lines, remind the viewer of Mexico's bloody history. The mixture of ironic humor and violence in El Topo encapsulates Jodorowky's vision of a world in which reality and the imagination are fused, yet completely separate. This paradox, of great thematic concern in all of Jodorowsky's films, is most resonant in El Topo when Mara and The Mole sadistically communicate with whips, guns, and knives. As Holy Mountain's religious message centers wholly around The Alchemist's transformation of Jesus, El Topo introduces love between man and woman into the symbolic mix, compensating for the divine settings and imaginative characters that elucidate the protagonist's enlightenment in the later Holy Mountain. Only by viewing the two films as a double feature will one get the full power of Jodorowsky's Buddhist message, one of self-sacrifice and suffering towards a greater end. --Trinie Dalton


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